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follow our expert contributors on google, facebook and more. >>. >> pakistan targets foreign fighters inside its borders after last week's airport attack in karachi. hello there. the world news from al jazeera. also ahead - keeping its options open, including air strikes. the u.s. moves warships closer to iraq. the hunt for three missing israeli children - a senior hamas official amongst dozens of palestinians arrested. and the world's largest fish is a big draw for tourists in
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the philippines, but there are fears for its future. as we start - in pakistan, the army launched a series of air strikes targetting foreign fighters in the north. the military says more than 50 fighters linked to the gag have been killed in north waziristan. the air strikes are in response to an attack by the pakistani taliban. uz beck fighters say they carried out the assault which was killed at least 30 people. we are joined live from there now. kamal, we have seen a statement in response to the pakistani taliban, to the air strikes. what has it been saying. >> what they have been saying is there's a number of civilian casualties that the ministry has gone on an indiscriminate
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bombing campaign. there has been swift reprisals. the military, on the other hand, is saying that they had credible reports that a large number of uz beck fighters were present at the location at the time of the attack. it took place at 1:30am. most of the fighters on the ground belong to the uz beck community from the islamic movement of uz beckize stan. the military says that these are precision strikes, and they are trying to avoid civilian casualties. >> there's a lot of pressure on the government, on the army to launch a ground offensive in waziristan. what challenges does that present. >> well, a ground offensive would pose several serious challenges. one, a large number of internally displaced people would be on the mood.
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there would be an exodus. they would have to be accommodated in camps. we have reports that several thousands of people have gone on the other side of the border to seek application. any major ground operation would entail a mass movement of people from the area. it would need large amounts of ground forces. so far the military high command are saying they'd go for targeted operations rather than any ground operations. any time there's an attack from the pakistan or affiliate groups, they'd respond with air attacks. so far there are no immediate plans, although that cannot be ruled out in time. thank you for that live update from peshawar. the united states is sending three warships to the gulf. the u.s. s "george h.w. bush",
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is moving from the north arabian sea, and joined by a guided missile cruiser, and a guided missile destroyer. the rebels continue their offenses. this video emerged reportedly showing them celebrating the capture of mosul. they have taken a number of towns and cities. reuters is reporting that rebels were seen in the northern city of beigy setting fire to the course house after freeing prisoners there. correspondent imran khan is in the capital baghdad. there has been a lot of talk of this sunni rebellion, fighters marching towards the capital. how secure is baghdad? >> well, before i tell you that, overnight there were some more clashes on the border with baghdad security force,
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repelling what they say were i.s.i.l. fighters. there's no confirmation on who the fighters were. the sunni rebels say they would march on baghdad. it's been taken seriously by the fighters over the last three days. they put in various measures, including ringing the city with more security. bringing more mobile controls in and mounting more checkpoints. what you are hearing is in shia neighbourhoods they are setting up unofficial militia checkpoints. whether they have done that or not is unclear, but if they are, it is a worrying development. that means the neighbourhoods are segregated. they are becoming militarized. we saw it in 2006, 2006 and '08. and saw most neighbourhoods in
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baghdad turned into fortified zones. if this happens, it's a worrying development. further afield, what are the movements around the region? >> that is right. what the defense secretary said is to give the u.s. options. the u.s. has three options when it comes to iraq. they don't want to put boots on the ground. the iraqis don't want more u.s. troops on the ground. what they want is intelligence gatherings for the drones flying over the skies, air strikes and missile strikes. they need to be discussed. one of the sunni senior politicians came out in support of limited u.s. air strikes and said they can't be used in civilian areas, and the united nations is about to announce they want a bigger, more coordinated and national response to all of this, and
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they want international partners to sit, come toot and formulate a plan for what iraq needs and what can be achieved quickly. also, you have turkey looking at the situation now, and deciding who they would like to work with. a key player also in all of this is iran. the president has said iraq is allowed to - if iraq wants help, it needs to acknowledge. and we are now hearing from multiple sources that the revolutionary guard is in iraq, fighting in dearticlea province. we are hearing that, and what we are waiting for is response from other smaller countries in the region - kuwait, jordan, for example. those countries remained quiet. more than likely waiting for a u.n.-led campaign for an internationally coordinated meeting. thank you imran khan from
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baghdad. this rebellion forced thousands to flee their homes. hoda abdel-hamid met some of them in karzai in northern iraq. >> reporter: it's a melting pot of people who shared a harsh reality of being refugees, facing a life of uncertainty. stuck beside a checkpoint, they have nowhere to go. this woman just arrived. she was in hospital when they fell to sunni rebels. when everyone around fled, she had to follow. >> translation: there was no one to help. i'm here with my children. i never imagined i would end up like this. without this camp, we would have nothing. >> reporter: there was a swiss exodus. there were fears that people were on the move. the u.n. says it's just the beginning.
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>> it's being really dramatics how events have unfolded ot all lels -- at all levels, particularly the humanitarian level. there's displacement and people are crossing provinces. we'll see some in the south go towards baghdad. we are at the tip of the iceberg. >> when they left none realised the scale of the crisis. a lot of people have run out of cash. many that are staying, for the second time are displaced, coming from other parts of iraq. they moved through mosul for safety. that happened to this man. he never thought he'd have to find a new shelter for his family of eight. >> translation: we moved here to
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mosul. things got worse. i had to come here. we had about $200, we spent it on hotels. i don't have anything left. we are forced to come here. >> reporter: this man's story is telling about what iraqis have gone through in the aftermath of the us-led invasion. he's too embarrassed to show his case. >> i have four children. each time i put a life together i have to move again. >> reporter: the road to the kurdish region is choked. the sunni rebels contoll date the power. many wonder if they'll go moment again -- if they'll go home again. security forces in yemen told al jazeera eight soldiers were killed at a multi hospital in the south.
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four others were wounded on a bus belonging to the hospital in aiden. the gunmen have not been identified. >> the israeli army arrested 80 palestinians as it searches for three jewish teenagers. a senior lead egg from hamas -- leading officer from hamas is among those arrested. binyamin netanyahu is demanding the ploort do all it -- palestinian authority do all it can to help the teenagers return home. >> reporter: across the occupied west bank are the israeli military search for three teenagers missing since thursday. as time passes, concern is deepening for their welfare, and so, too, the intensity of a military push to find them. the israeli prime minister believes they were taken against their will. >> translation: because of the nature of the situation i cannot
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say what we know. i can say the following. the teenages was kidnapped with all certainty. there's no doubt about it. they were kidnapped, and kidnapped by a terrorist organization. it's not clear who has taken the two 16-year-olds and 19-year-olds. there has been several arrests. they disappeared close to a settlement where they were studying. israel insisted the palestine president must do everything to bring the three back. the palestinian government denied it has a part to play and highlighted the wider conflict. a government spokesman said why is this the fault of the palestinian authority , we have nothing to do with the issue: this is the first serious incident to test relations between israel and the
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palestinian unity government, including hamas. a speedy release of the teenagers may prevent possible crisis from escalating. the trial of three al jazeera journalists accused of supporting the outlawed muslim brotherhood is due to resume on monday. they have been held in prison for 169 days. the egyptian prosecutors demanded the maximum penalty. they want seven years in jam for peter greste, and 15 for mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed. al jazeera rejects the charges and continues to demand the journalist release. al jazeera arabic imprisoned in egypt, abdullah al-shami, had his detention extended by another 45 days. he's had been held without charge since august. and has been on strike for more than four month. he insists he will not break his fast. lawyers requested his release on
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legal grounds. still to come on this programme - wary of returning home. why thousands of internally displaced people are skeptical about a government proposal. with joe burlinger only on al jazeera america
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>> hello again. a reminder of the top stories on al jazeera. the pakistani military said more than 50 fighters linked to the taliban have been killed in air strikes in north waziristan. it is in response to an attack on the pakistani karachi airport
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last sunday. the u.s. is sending three warships to the gulf following a growing sunni rebellion. the u.s. s "george h.w. bush" is moving from the northern arabian sea. 80 palestinians have been arrested in relation to the search for three missing teenagers. a senior leader from hamas is in custody. more now on the pakistani military air strikes targetting taliban linked fighters. we are joined live from peshawar. a bureau chief for dawn news joins us. thank you for joining us. we hear a lot of fighters are uz beck. why are they fighting in pakistan? >> well, basically two reasons. first the imu has a global agent up for jihad, linked to al qaeda
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after coming in pakistan following the 9/11 and earlier fighting forces inside of pakistan, being part of a major jihad fought in afghanistan. now the imu has two reasons to stay in pakistan and fight as a front line. they need a safe haven to live in because of their presence here. they have been used by the local taliban fighter. they are well trained. spectacular attacks. if you go into the background, you have seen five or six major attacks. the attack was carried out by the imu. there was a military attack in punjab. it was planned and executed for imu fighters, and now the karachi attack claimed by the new emerging, and the imu is here. it seems being pard of the al
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qaeda linked militants fighting the global jihad. the second thing is they are fighting for survival. the local tribesman in waziristan... >> it's interesting. my second question is now that they are targeted, the imu, i was going to ask whether they'd stay or whether they are worth it. from what you say they are here to stay and support the pakistani taliban. it's a huge threat to the government. obviously because we have seen five or six attacks. they were carried out by the imu, supported by the pakistani taliban. as far as their place that is considered a safe haven, they are now facing a challenge because the local tribesman assured the government expelled them from their land. we have reports, spoken to their commanders and most of them are moving towards afghanistan, and
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some of them had relocated to syria and iraq. obviously they are on the run, and it's the last fight they are putting in, and the major attacks which they started to launch in pakistan, with the support of pakistani taliban. >> the pakistani taliban issued a statement, saying it's not them who sabotaged police talks between the government and the taliban. why did negotiations break down. well, obviously, you know, apparently the different groups, they have shattered and proved groups which had broken away. some of the groups are favouring the peace talks with the government. other groups are against it. this is a major region. they are anti-pakistan, and they wanted to continue the fight in pakistan.
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they wanted to islamise the society and implement sharia, and some of the groups are willing to negotiate with the government. and those in north waziristan, supporters who are fighting the u.s.-led troops. perhaps they are willing to negotiate with the government. this is the main reason different taliban splinter groups. they are not willing to talk and want to continue with the fight. that's the reason the peace crisis is continuing. they have decided to go full flight against the militants who are not willing to negotiate. >> interesting to speak to you. thank you very much for joining us there. there are reports a roadside bomb has blown up a bus in afghanistan. the government said the blast happened on saturday night. polling are closed in the presidential run off to elect a
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successor. election workers are amongst those killed. russia hit out at ukraine for not doing enough to stop an attack on its embassy in kiev. cars belonging to russian diplomat were smashed and bricks thrown at the building during the process. demonstrators accused moscow of backing separatists in eastern ukraine. by allowing the attacks to continue, ukraine breached international obligations to protect embassy. >> ukraine's president declared a day of mourning for dozens of troops killed in attacks in the east. all 49 on board were killed. it's the deadliest incident since the offensive was launches against pro-russian fighters. 29 have been killed in a refugee camp in dhaka. they were burnt to death after homes were set on fire.
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violence broke out between different groups. fire crackers were used to mark a festival. thousands of irdi speakers have been there for decades. the democratic republic of congo's government want people who left their home because of violence to return to areas under its control. many of those who fled say it's impossible to return to the lives they once led. we have this report, where around 360,000 people were forced to leave their home. >> reporter: every day after school alicia gets some of the other children of the camp together. the afternoon is spent teaching the alphabet, how to hold a pep and to right. >> translation: i bring the children here. they have no food. by teaching them i try to make them forget they are hungry.
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>> reporter: he knows he can only distract them for so long. this camp, like meaning in democratic republic of congo is facing a food crisis. this camp has about 14,000 people. most of the aid getting to them has been diverted to other countries, with people who need it. places like central african republic and south sudan. >> the situation is protracted. there'll be a fatigue. here, we still have - we still have the interest of the donor country to support. the government wants people from areas that are now under government control to go back home. >> camps such as is this are scattered across the country. over the years, tens of thousands of people fled from their homes. those we talk to told us that they want to go back, but they
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have no homes to go to any more. this man brings us where his house once stood, a place that used to be controlled by m23 rebels. they bombed the home he had built. >> translation: where do we come to? you have seen for yourselves how we try to rebuild. >> reporter: back at the camp they show me a tent and the small space shared with her husband. >> we are hungry. everything is falling apart. but when they tell me to go home. >> life is hard in the camp. people tell us it will be harder if they go to the destroyed homes, and far away from the human tare yan aid they get -- humanitarian aid they get. >> columbians are headed to the
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polls on sunday to vote in a time round of presidential elections. it's been a tight race between the president and his right-wing opponent. the final result will determine whether peace talks about continue. in the past talks have been opposed. a vote for his opponent is a vote for war without end. >> demonstrators have been rallying in the united states for tougher gun control laws. many protesters held photos of victims of gun violence, including attacks in school shootings. the majority of u.s. states do not require a permit to own a firearm. 86 are killed with a gun in the u.s. every day. now, the latest result from the world cup in brazil. italy beat england in group d,
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2-1. england levelled after a score. mario balotelli headed in a winner. earlier the champions of south america, uruguay, were beaten by costa rica. and columbia put three past greece in group c. whale sharks, are the world's biggest fish and swimming with them is a top tourist attraction in the philippines. skype stists are worried -- scientists are worried about the impact of swimming with them has on the marine giants. we have this report. >> reporter: they are called the sea's gentle giants. tourists travel to central philippines homing to catch a glimpse of the biggest whale sharks, in the world. some grow to as much as 14 litres. despite the size they are not a threat.
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classified as filter feeders. visitors can snorkel and interact with them for $so -- $10. the philippine government are making sure that the whale sharks are protected. there are guidelines for tourists before they can head into the water. feeding and touching the whail sharks are not allowed. the concern is proximity. tourists and boats are too close, leaving many of these creatures vulnerable to injuries, according to conservationists. >> reporter: environmental groups are concerned. >> feeding the juvenile whale shark, opening them up to vulnerabilities, because they are juveniles, and you are - instead of them learning how to hunt in the wild, they are fed by people. this, alone, alters their
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behaviour. >> reporter: the island was once a sleepily council relying on fishing. since tourists targeted to -- sleepy town relying on fishing. since tourists started coming they are chaining their living -- changing their living. >> translation: i started with tiny shop. business has grown. >> reporter: tourists cilent to 90% of the economy. earnings providing for 80%. tourism is sustainable. it's all about balance. >> they are policing this. anyone caught violating. they are penalized by a certain amount. in that way, we are protecting the whale shark. >> the philippines is signatory to international conventions
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aiming to protect the whale sharks. locals are doing the best they can. they admit striking a bans balance is not easy. earning a living and providing for the family must come first. for more look at the website >> i'm steve chow, malaysian borneo, where villagers are restoring one of the world's oldest rain forests. >> i'm omar khalifa and i'm in the philippines, where the humble coconut is leading the fight against environmental